The trash and recycling schedule for your home is based on your address.

Place your items curbside on the curb between 4 PM and midnight the evening before your scheduled pickup. 

If your pickup is before 4 PM, you must retrieve trash and recycling bins by 9 PM. If your pickup is after 4 PM, you must retrieve bins by 9 AM the following morning.

For enrolled buildings in Manhattan (all community boards) and Bronx Community Boards 1 through 7 and 9, organics collection occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 4 PM and 12 AM.

Suspensions may occur for a City holiday or during a snowstorm.

Organics collection allows the Department of Sanitation to collect food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste from residents in select areas and turn it into compost or renewable energy.

Participation in the program is voluntary. People who live in apartment buildings do not have to participate in organics collection. No fines will be issued for not participating, at this time.

Only participating areas will receive brown organics bins.  If you are not in a participating neighborhood, you can take your food waste to a Food Waste Drop Off site and request organics collection for your building.

Sanitation will be engaging residents in Brooklyn, BK10 and Queens, Q13 districts to increase participation in the organics collection program. It will also hold Make Compost Not Trash events in an effort to increase participation in the organics collection program.

You can also get literature that describes the Organics Collection program using the Sanitation Material Request Form.

Find out which neighborhoods are participating in the organics collection program.

Find out which neighborhoods will get organics collection services in the future.

Learn more about Make Compost Not Trash events.

Find a food waste drop off site.

Request organics collection services.

Sanitation Material Request Form

2 - 9 Residential Units

Participants in residences with 2-9 units will receive one large 21-gallon bin to share and one starter kit per apartment. Starter kits include a small kitchen container, a brochure, a coupon, and a sticker.

Collection generally occurs on your scheduled recycling collection day, but in some Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods, items are collected twice per week on your trash days.

Large Multi-Unit Buildings, Private Schools, Non-Profit Organizations

Residential buildings with 10 or more units, private schools, and non-profit organizations interested in participating in the Organics Collection Program must enroll to receive collection.

For enrolled buildings with 10 or more units in Manhattan (all community boards) and Bronx Community Boards 1 through 7 and 9, organics collection occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 4 PM and 12 AM.

You will be added to the wait list and contacted by the Department of Sanitation to determine if your building is a possible candidate for the program.

Single Family Homes

Participants in single family homes will receive one small 13-gallon bin and one starter kit.  Starter kits include a small kitchen container, a brochure, a coupon, and a sticker.

Collection generally occurs on your scheduled recycling collection day, but in some Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods, items are collected twice per week on your trash days.

Additional Assistance

If you have more questions or need additional assistance, you can contact the Department of Sanitation online.

Go to the Organics Collection home page.

Inside each new organics collection bin from the Department of Sanitation, you'll find a:

  • Brochure
  • Service Update
  • Removable Sticker
  • Zero waste pledge card, AND a
  • Coupon for compostable bags

Containers that are provided by DSNY are determined by the number of households or apartments in your building as reported in city records.

Requests for additional bins are not accepted. Bins cannot be returned to Sanitation. They belong to the address once they’re delivered.

Request a Replacement Organics Bin

If your brown outdoor organic bin has been lost, stolen, or broken, you can request a new bin by completing the online form below.

Participants in the program can only use brown bins issued by Sanitation to throw out food scraps and food-soiled paper.

If you qualify to receive a replacement bin or get a repair, you will need to pick it up from one of the bin distribution locations either in Brooklyn or the Bronx. The pick-up location will be provided after your request has been reviewed.

Request a replacement organics collection bin.

Place food, food-soiled paper, and small amounts of yard waste into the brown organics bin.

To save room, participants may put leaves and yard waste in a separate container or paper bag and food scraps in the brown organics bin.

Participants can only use brown bins issued by Sanitation to throw out food scraps and food-soiled paper.

Yard Waste

Yard waste that does not fit in the brown bin with the lid closed may be disposed of in the following ways:

  • Rigid container labeled "YARD WASTE" or 
  • Paper lawn and leaf bags or 
  • Tied bundles 2 feet by 4 feet or smaller
  • DO NOT use plastic bags. Yard waste set out in plastic bags will be collected as trash.

Types of Items You Can Put in the Organics Bin

  • Any type of food (including bones and dairy)
  • Soiled paper, such as napkins and paper plates
  • Leaves
  • Yard waste
  • House plants 
  • Grass

DO NOT Put These Items in the Organics Bin

  • Any other plastic (such as regular plastic shopping bags)
  • Large amounts of oil or grease
  • Animal waste
  • Kitty litter
  • Dog poop
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine products
  • Diapers

Set Out Times for Single Family Homes and Buildings with 2 - 9 Units

You must place bins curbside for collection between 4 PM and midnight the evening before your scheduled collection day.

Set Out Times for Large Multi-Unit Buildings, Private Schools, Non-Profit Organizations

Enrolled buildings in Manhattan (all community boards) and Bronx Community Boards 1 through 7 and 9 should set bins curbside before 4 PM for collection the same evening.

Enrolled buildings in all other participating districts must place bins curbside for collection between 4 PM and midnight the evening before your scheduled collection day.

Organics Bin Liners and Bags for Single Family Homes and Buildings with 2 - 9 Residential Units

To line the kitchen container, you can use newspaper, brown paper bags, and small certified compostable bags that have the BPI-USCC logo (Biodegradable Products Institute - US Composting Council).

To line the brown organics bin, you can use a paper bag, certified compostable liner, or clear, untinted plastic liners or bags.

You cannot use small plastic shopping bags or black plastic bag to line the bin.

You can find a list of compostable bag retailers online at nyc.gov/organics.

Organics Bin Liners and Bags for Large Multi-Unit Buildings, Private Schools, Non-Profit Organizations

You may line the brown bin with a paper bag, a certified compostable liner, or a clear, untinted plastic liner bag (small plastic shopping bags cannot be used).

You cannot use a black plastic bag to line the bin.

You can find a list of compostable bag retailers online at nyc.gov/organics.

Single Family Homes and Buildings with 2 to 9 Residential Units

Every home that is participating in the organics collection receives a certain type and number of brown organics collection bins. There are NO exceptions to these rules.

Single family homes will receive one small 13-gallon bin and one starter kit. Those in buildings with 2 to 9 residential units will receive one large 21-gallon bin to share and one starter kit per apartment.

Large Multi-Unit Buildings

Bin sizes and amounts will vary depending on how many buildings will receive collection and how much waste is generated.  

More information will be provided by the Department of Sanitation after your building has been enrolled.

Private Schools and Non-Profit Organizations

Information on bin sizes and amounts will be provided by the Department of Sanitation after your school or organization has been enrolled.

Starting Monday, July 30, 2018 for Brooklyn Community Board 6, July 2, 2018, for Queens Community Board 10 and Brooklyn Community Board 10, and Monday, July 30, 2018 for Queens Community Board 11, Sanitation began started collecting organics once a week on your recycling day.

These changes will allow Sanitation to become more efficient with curbside bulk item collection.

Trash collection will not change.

Brooklyn Community Board 6

This community board includes:

  • Carroll Gardens
  • Cobble Hill
  • Columbia Waterfront
  • Gowanus
  • Park Slope
  • Red Hook

Queens Community Board 10 and Brooklyn Community Board 10

Queens Community Board 10 includes:

  • Howard Beach
  • Lindenwood
  • Ozone Park
  • South Ozone Park

Brooklyn Community Board 10 includes:

  • Bay Ridge
  • Dyker Heights
  • Fort Hamilton

Queens Community Board 11

Queens Community Board 11 includes:

  • Auburndale
  • Bayside
  • Douglaston
  • Douglas Manor
  • Little Neck
  • Hollis Hills
  • Oakland Gardens

In general, there is no garbage, recycling, or organics collection on sanitation holidays but that is subject to change. You can check back near the date of the holiday to confirm the collection schedule.

If a holiday occurs on your garbage, recycling, or organics collection day, put your items out after 4 PM that day for collection beginning the next day.

In some areas, your items may not be picked up until your next collection day.

2019 Sanitation Holidays

DateHoliday
January 1 (Tuesday)New Year's Day
January 21 (Monday)Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 12 (Tuesday)Lincoln's Birthday
February 18 (Monday)Washington's Birthday
May 27 (Monday)Memorial Day
July 4 (Thursday)Independence Day
September 2 (Monday)Labor Day
October 14 (Monday)Columbus Day
November 5 (Tuesday)Election Day
November 11 (Monday)Veterans Day
November 28 (Thursday)Thanksgiving Day
December 25 (Wednesday)Christmas Day

As part of the Mayor's neighborhood rat reduction initiative, Sanitation has increased residential collections in parts of Manhattan and the Bronx from three days per week to four days per week.

The added service will ensure that no building in the specified areas will have to store their waste for more than one day, eliminating potential rodent food sources in overflowing trash storage areas.

Recycling collection days have not changed as a result of this initiative.

Affected Districts

  • Manhattan: District 3
  • Bronx: Districts 4, 5, 6, and 7

For information on school schedules, school officials must contact the DOE Division of School Facilities in Long Island City.

Contact information for School Facilities is available through the school.